SUNY Downstate Awarded Nearly $2m in Funding to Enhance Facilities and Equipment

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 21, 2022

Federal FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes $1.925M In New Funding for Equipment & Facility Upgrades

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University today announced it will receive nearly $2 million in new funding for equipment and facility enhancements in the federal FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, allocated and secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and Brooklyn’s own Congressmember Yvette D. Clarke. This crucial funding will directly benefit local Brooklyn residents who rely on SUNY Downstate for access to healthcare.

“We are grateful to our congressional delegation for their acknowledgment of Downstate as a critical safety-net hospital,” said Downstate Health Sciences University president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “Congressmember Yvette D. Clarke, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand remain dedicated to providing resources in a community with the greatest of needs. This $1.9M earmark will help us establish a Center for Community Health and a network of service sites to offer comprehensive primary care services for adults and children, assuring equitable access for those who need it most.”

The new funding comes in addition to nine other critical local projects for which Congressmember Clarke secured a total of $14.7 million in federal funding.


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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.